Tyne and Wear HER(315): Holystone cross socket - Details
Holystone cross socket
Religious Ritual and Funerary
A cross socket consisting of a sandstone block 0.7 metres square of sandstone, with a socket 0.2 x 0.15 metres. It is assumed to be the base of a cross on the boundary of Billy Mill Moor, the boundary between Long Benton and the liberty of Tynemouth priory. A late 17th century description went thus: "... and so north-west to a stand with a hole in it, wherein, as it should seem, hath stood a cross; and from thence directly to Backworth dicke...".
<< HER 315 >> H.H.E. Craster, ed. 1907, Northumberland County History, Vol. VIII, p. 413 and note M.H. Dodds, 1930, Long Benton Parish, Northumberland County History, XIII, 408